New Carts Roll Out

Blowing the Dust Off Newport’s History

The Newport Historical Society held its 160th annual meeting at Colony House recently, and no, the news wasn’t as dry as the dust on some of its treasures. In fact, both the news and the programming at the NHS is exciting – and the momentum generated by its innovative projects is being felt all over town – and beyond. One […]

Casino Proposal Expanded

On the heels of recent controversies concerning the proposed casino at Newport Grand, including the unexpected change to a single question ballot, a lawsuit filed by opponents to halt the referendum, and the rejection of a host community agreement by City Council, the project developers continue to forge ahead and announced additional plans for the facility at a press conference […]

Vigilant Against Enterovirus

Although the Ebola virus has dominated recent headlines, another deadly virus is already in our schools. An outbreak of the Enterovirus D68 has landed hundreds of children in the hospital and has been possibly connected to four deaths, including a 10-year-old girl from Rhode Island. Last week, officials announced that the death of a New Jersey preschooler was directly linked […]

New Trash Program

Newport’s new trash and recycling carts will be delivered in October. Collection using the new carts will begin the week of Nov. 3. Cart Delivery Process The cart manufacturer, Rehrig Pacific, will use the former Underwood School as a staging area for cart delivery and will deliver carts curbside in front of each eligible household, which includes buildings up to […]

Senate Campaign Heats Up


Conceding that his bid to unseat veteran state Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed remains a “long shot,” Republican Mike Smith nevertheless believes that as he makes the rounds in Newport and Jamestown seeking District 13 votes, his candidacy has begun to gain momentum. “I’m finding a huge amount of interest among business owners,” Smith said. After 22 years in […]

Planning Board Rebuffs Valet Parking Change

Responding to a request from City Council, the Newport Planning Board has advised that a proposed amendment to local ordinances that would allow valet parking services to operate on church parking lots within residential zones is not consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan. There are many goals set out by the comprehensive plan, such as the protection and enhancement of […]

Comprehensive Plan Delayed Until After Election


More time needed to study open space land issues The town’s comprehensive plan is so “comprehensive” that the Town Council voted unanimously Monday, Oct. 6, to delay revising it until Dec. 1 at the earliest. Council Vice President Robert J. Sylvia said they needed more time to study the 200-plus-page document in all its scope and variations. About 50 people […]

ALN Candidate Forum

The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) will hold its third public forum featuring the Newport School Committee candidates on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Pell School cafetorium from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Candidates will introduce themselves and answer questions on the key issues facing the Newport public schools. Joseph Grady, Senior Fellow at the Pell Center for International Relations […]

Question #1 and #2 ALN Forum

On Wednesday, Oct. 22 the Alliance for Livable Newport will be conducting a public forum with proponents of the proposed new table games casino in Newport, Jobs for Newport, along with the group opposed to the Nov. 4 referendums, questions #1 and 2 on the ballot, Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling (CCACG). The purpose of the forum is to provide […]